One Day My Skin Was Perfect. Then it Wasn’t.

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Acne, it’s something that everyone gets but nobody wants. I now know a thing or two about acne myself. I used to have perfect skin. I would get the occasional pimple or two but nothing too severe. But a few months ago, around when I turned 16, I started to get really bad acne. Now, I’m not talking a few pimples, I  mean like bad acne. I tried going on an antibiotic that I got from my dermatologist, and that worked for awhile, but eventually it got really bad again.

I went to the dermatologist again, and we collectively decided that it would be best for me to go on Accutane. For those of you who don’t know what accutane is, it’s an intense drug that you normally go on for about 6 months depending on how severe your acne is. Accutane helps get rid of acne by giving a very high dose of Vitamin A to the system. It’s a last resort drug that is highly regulated for many reasons. The biggest reason being that if you get pregnant while being on it, there is an 100% chance of your baby having a serious birth defect. Ya, 100% chance, so it’s it’s pretty serious.

Aside from the risks, the process of going on Accutane is a big commitment that is not for everyone as it requires monthly blood tests and visits to the doctor to make sure your kidneys are working properly, and that you are honoring the birth control commitment you make going into the process.

Accutane helps get rid of acne by giving a very high dose of Vitamin A to the system.

The importance of a skincare routine

Going on Accutane was a big decision for me, but at this time in my life, I was down to do anything that would help my skin. I’ve always been big into skincare.  Even before I started to get acne, I took great care of my skin. I think that is something that every woman should work into their daily routine.

Having a basic skincare routine that works for you is very important. You also don’t have to buy super expensive products, as the drugstore has many amazing products that work great. All you need is a good cleanser, toner, and moisturizer and you’re set. Of course, a good makeup remover is necessary as well. That’s one of my biggest tips when it comes to helping prevent acne, ALWAYS take your makeup off at night, no matter how tired you are. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Healthy eating

Throughout the battle with my skin journey, I have also discovered how crucial eating healthy is when it comes to skin and our overall health. People don’t always realize it but what we put into our bodies affects our skin immensely. I’ve always eaten fairly healthy but when my skin started getting really bad, I knew that I had to make some changes in my diet. I started to make little changes such as ordering water instead of soda when out to eat, and cutting out dairy and junk food.

Now, I am almost 100% gluten free and I am already starting to see differences in my skin. I also started to just drink way more water. Water is not only great for your overall health, but it is a crucial step in having good skin. Water will hydrate your skin from the inside out and within a matter of days of drinking lots of water, you will notice a huge difference.

It’s what’s inside that matters

Acne is something that everyone gets, so don’t feel like you’re alone. Coming from someone who has always taken good care of their skin, it happens to all of us and sometimes we can’t control it. You just have to know how to take care of your skin and your body from the inside out.

The most important thing that we have to remember is our appearance is not what defines who we are. Sure, acne sucks and is hard for everyone to deal with, but having clear skin does not make you a better person. The lesson here is don’t over stress. Acne is something many teens have to deal with and with the proper treatment, it will go away over time.